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The Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce decides to hire its first manager in 1968.

PIONEER LOGO - Looking back over the past 100 years of Madras Pioneer files.100 YEARS AGO

April 18, 1918

A very much crowded house greeted Private Smith, of the Canadian Seaforth Highlanders, at the Athletic Hall Saturday evening. Private Smith was wounded in four different places in a period of a few minutes' time in the battle of Vimy Ridge, a year ago, and had been out of the hospital but 10 days when here.

Though Smith does not claim to be an orator, he held the audience in very close attention for about one and a half hours, and they would gladly have listened much longer. His story was the story of one who has seen and experienced what he tells.

Though he told some very gruesome things, his manner of speech conveyed his ideas clearly without any of the horrifying. In fact, much of his talk was in a vein that made you laugh. Private Smith spoke at Culver Thursday evening, at Gateway Friday evening, and at Hay Creek Saturday afternoon.

75 YEARS AGO

April 15, 1943

Residents of Madras are experiencing a milk shortage that has assuredly been brought to the front by high producing costs and the low ceiling allowed for the sale of milk to the consumers.

Emil Henske, operating the only state-inspected dairy in Jefferson County, was forced to curtail the delivery of milk to the local market last week, after repeated attempts by Mr. Henske to get relief from the OPA officials in charge of price adjustments at the district office in Portland, according to reports.

It has been stated that ceiling prices on feed and production materials do not coincide with ceiling prices allowed the dairy when the milk is wholesaled or sold to the consumer.

Action to clear up the situation has been taken by the City Council of Madras, along with the local OPA office, the Office of Civilian Defense, and the merchants of Madras.

A special meeting pertaining to the milk shortage was held Wednesday noon in the office of local War Price and Rationing Board, at which time important data was outlined, and as a result, it is stated, there will be an official from the district OPA offices in Portland in Madras tomorrow sometime.

50 YEARS AGO

April 18, 1968

The Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Monday voted overwhelmingly to embark on a three-point program aimed at broader membership, employment of a Chamber manager, and revenues sufficient to pay a manager's salary in addition to present Chamber expenses.

Following the luncheon meeting at the Stag, Chamber President Gordon Shown was enthusiastic over the response to the plans.

Approval, with but a single dissenting vote, of a revised dues schedule designed to raise from $6,000 to $7,000 at a minimum, as compared with current annual revenues of $1,500 to $2,000, set the stage for the triple program.

Members authorized President Shown and the board of directors to start looking for a paid manager, and they approved the immediate drive to enroll more members. The Chamber currently has some 65 members, and the president said the area boasts some 200 potential members.

"We plan to show as many nonmembers as possible the advantages to them belonging. The Chamber will have to carry the ball in attracting new payroll industries, and a manager who can work continuously with prospective new industries is vital. The manager will also be able to work with the industrial development corporation now being formed to show people what we have to offer," said Shown.

Said one Chamber member, "We have some empty stores in town. These don't help our image. An aggressive, progressive Chamber program will help fill them. What's more, a Chamber manager can work on our highways, which is sorely needed, and on our state parks. The Cove Park needs expansion right now."

The new dues schedule provides for a formula under which a member is assessed according to the number of his employees and the dollar volume of his business.

25 YEARS AGO

April 15, 1993

In 1845, Stephen Meek led the infamous "Lost Wagon Train," a group consisting of 1,000 people, 200 wagons and 4,000 head of livestock, into Oregon's desert interior.

Surrounded by mystery including the discovery of gold and Meek's alleged abandonment of the train, historians still do not agree on the exact route of the train. Emigrants' diaries vary in description, possibly due to their chronic hunger, thirst, and fatigue. At least 23 people died of hardships suffered during the trek.

Historians do recognize that the train camped in the Madras vicinity on Sept. 24, 1845, after traveling 14 miles from Rim Rock Springs (located about 500 yards east of the Prineville-Madras highway at the Grizzly turnoff).

After finding an oxen shoe, local historian, Ted Matylinski, believes the pioneers made a dry camp in the vicinity south of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Two classroom lectures, followed by two field trips will be led by Matylinski during the Central Oregon Community College class, "The Lost Wagon Train," as he traces the wagon train trail east from Madras to Post and north from Madras to Sherar's Bridge, viewing wagon tracks and pioneer graves.

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